Thursday, June 23, 2005

This is hilarious, after a fashion. During the Civil War, a group of Confederate soldiers were passing through by Kansas City, and a group of six deciding to go a-whoring in the city. They met with an ill end there, most likely after refusing to pay. Their commander used them as an object lesson to the rest of his men that the whores of Kansas City are not to be trifled with, something I think we can all agree on.

Fast forward 150 years. Barrett's Unfortunates, as they've come to be called, are favorite characters to play among the reenactor crowd, and there is much discussion as to where they ended up buried. Meanwhile, Kansas City mayor Kay Barnes has been promising a new downtown stadium. Why? Who the hell knows? But they announce the plans and start clearing the site. What should they uncover but six 150 year old graves?

Because of the laws governing archeological sites, the land reverts to State control, meaning governor Blunt gets to decide what happens, and governor Blunt has lent his ear to some Confederate Heritage whackjob who thinks these six are heroes who died defending the Confederate Way of Life, which apparently includes not paying for services rendered. His exact words in the article are: "They died defending an ideal that some of us do our best to live up to every day." Really? Does his wife know the ideals he's trying to live up to?

How can anyone take these people seriously?

Update: Once again, I got punked. Apparently, I'll believe anything.

Actually, this is kind of irritating. The Pitch has always been relatively dependable when it comes to accuracy. It's easy to verify a story when it's national and gets reported in a dozen papers. But something that happens in a small Missouri town (or sometimes even a big Missouri city) might only show up in one paper. Now I know that if that paper is the Pitch, it might be bullshit.

There's an obvious lesson to be learned here about stories that seem too ridiculous to be true. But with the people currently running the country, is anything too ridiculous to be true?

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